Adoptable Horse of the Week: ‘Wonder’

Horse Nation has partnered with to present an “Adoptable Horse of the Week” in addition to a monthly spotlight on horse rescues around the country. This week’s adoptable horse is from our March featured rescue, White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue in Burkeville, VA, which we profiled earlier this week.

About Wonder:

How many times have you ever wistfully thought, “It sure would be nice if my boyfriend, Mom, Uncle Bob (you get the idea), was able to ride along with me today,” knowing them to be the very definition of horseophobic? We are certain that’s a real word.

We’d like to introduce you to Wonder!

He is actually quite wonderful and by sheer coincidence, he is also looking for a home. Wonder is the horse that everyone who is not quite sure of their riding skills is really looking for. If you are a returning rider and you have dreams of racing across the countryside, wind in your hair, sticks in your eyes, forget them. Wonder is the guy you really want, because deep, deep down, you know you aren’t going to be racing anywhere. In your heart of hearts, you just want to go wander around in the woods and have heroic adventures that don’t involve calls to 911. And this is just the guy to go wandering around with. Wonder is brave, gentle and even likes other horses. At the rescue, he is known as “The Official Greeter” because he is the first to make friends with the new arrivals. He is quiet, has no vices (okay, he is a little squirmy when you are tacking him up), and is a generally an all around great guy. He’s even a cool color.

So why is he still here?

Wonder has some medical issues that require maintenance. He has Cushing’s disease and requires daily pergolide. This costs us about $15/month. He must have a low carbohydrate diet and during the months when the grass is green, he must be muzzled. He’s a good sport about all of that. With those two minor considerations, he has not had one case of laminitis since we picked him up. Wonder also has mild uveitis. This has not affected his vision to the best of our ability to determine that, but we keep him on a regimen of daily aspirin powder, just to reduce the incidence of flare-ups. Last, Wonder has some arthritis. Not severe, just enough to keep him from being overly ambitious. A little bute will make you both more comfortable.

This may all sound like a big deal, but it’s honestly not. Wonder is an easy guy to manage and would love to show his new home just how deserving he is.

Vital Statistics: Wonder is in his mid-teens, a blue roan, broom-tailed Appy and about 15H.

Interested in Wonder? Or any of the other amazing horses available at White Bird? Click here!

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